Lilyturf

Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Lilyturf (Liriope muscari ‘Variegata’)
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Synonyms:  L. graminifolia var. densiflora
Genus:  Liriope
Lilyturf is a great choice for problem sites, such as the dry shade under a tree canopy. 'Variegata' is a vibrant, grass-like plant with green foliage, striped with cream. Leaves are wider and more blunt at their tip than grasses, and in warmer climates, the foliage persists through the winter. Clumps run from 1 to 1-1/2 feet tall and half again as wide. Spikes of small blue-violet flowers appear in late September and are followed by dark purple berries. -Lou Anella, Regional Picks: Southern Plains, Fine Gardening issue #127
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Crisp, virtually indestructible leaves look attractive all season and often well into the winter.
Care:  Prefers light, acidic soil. Protect from strong winds. Grow in light, moist but well-drained, moderately fertile soil.
Propagation:  In spring, sow seed in containers outdoors or divide plants.
Problems:  Anthracnose, leaf spot, root rot, and slugs.

Overview

Height
6 in. to 12 in.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Fall
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Ground Covers
Seasonal Interest
Fall Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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